September 12, 2019
Supreme court order gives administration the green light to turn away those who have passed through a third countryCentral American migrants look through a border fence as US border patrol agents stand guard in Tijuana, Mexico, on 25 November 2018.
Trump officials to move to impose near-total block on asylum seekers at border
Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration is threatening to move swiftly to impose a near-total block on Central Americans seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border after the US supreme court gave its temporary blessing to a nationwide clampdown that effectively ends America’s status as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution.In an order issued on Wednesday night, the court gave the Trump administration policy the green light to turn away those asylum seekers who have passed through a third country before reaching the southern border.The shift will affect virtually all of the thousands of families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who pass through Mexico on the perilous journey north.Within hours of the ruling, senior administration figures said they would move instantly to implement the changes. Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS), said the agency “will commence implementing the asylum rule asap”.Donald Trump bragged in a tweet that the ruling was a “BIG … WIN for the Border on Asylum!”The likelihood of a further tightening of the US government’s stranglehold on asylum seekers at the US border comes as the number of Central Americans crossing into the country has already steadily declined in recent months. Much of the reduction has come from increased interception by the Mexican government under threat of reprisals from Washington.The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been careful to placate Trump after the US president threatened to close the border entirely earlier this year. Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, responded to the supreme court order on Thursday, saying that “we obviously don’t agree with it, we have a different policy”.But there was no indication that Mexico would try to resist the change, even though it could have severe implications on its side of the territorial divide. There are thought to be at least 45,000 Central Americans who have been turned away by US agents and forced to wait within Mexico while their asylum claims are processed, which can take many months.The supreme court’s order will apply temporarily. The issue of whether asylum claims should be accepted from those who have passed through third countries has led to conflicting rulings in lower courts, and those legal disparities are still working their way through the system.The issue is almost certain to rise up the legal food chain once again until it returns to the supreme court for a full hearing that would settle the question once and for all.But until the law is settled, the rule change will effectively put on ice decades of procedure whereby America prided itself as a safe haven for those who had fled persecution. Refugees have been able to turn up at the US border and make a “credible fear” claim that they faced danger back at home.Now, under the new rule families, including children, who have passed through Mexico can be deported immediately back to their native countries without any thought being paid to the risks they might face on their return.The news provoked an outpouring of criticism, even from within the supreme court itself. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissenting opinion that was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in which the justice said the rule upended “longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution”.Sotomayor added: “The rule the government promulgated topples decades of settled asylum practices and affects some of the most vulnerable people in the western hemisphere.”Jess Morales Rocketto, chair of a coalition of groups opposing the immigration crackdown, said: “The Trump administration has put babies in cages, ripped thousands of children away from their parents, banned Muslims from this country because of their religion, started concentration camps, and now they are closing the doors of America to Central American refugees. All parents want freedom and opportunity for their children. But when it comes to the American dream, Trump and his Republican allies are saying: ‘Latinos need not apply.’”Trump continues to make his hardline approach to immigration a central facet of his presidency, and he is likely to make the subject a mainstay of his bid for re-election next year. This month he snatched $3.6bn from the Pentagon’s budget to fund his controversial border wall.Recently the Trump administration also ran roughshod over a court agreement that had spared migrant families, including children, from being detained for more than 20 days. The change is facing several legal challenges, but unless it is overturned it is likely to see a dramatic increase in families being held indefinitely in secure facilities that have been likened to prisons.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Kylie Jenner, Britney Spears and Sofia Vergara show off backyard bikinis | Page Six Celebrity News
May 25, 2020
qrFbdCVexjk
Lori Loughlin, husband plead guilty in college admissions scandal | Page Six Celebrity News
May 22, 2020
3Tx-FvqZzVI
Celebrity breakups during quarantine: Megan Fox, Ashley Benson and more | Page Six Celebrity News
May 22, 2020
APr202A7bbQ
'Brockmire' Stars Amanda Peet, Hank Azaria Reflect on Series Finale and Onscreen Chemistry
May 26, 2020
XcG_gLdG-Gk
Marcia Gay Harden talks 'Barkskins," "Moxie," and Working With Amy Poehler
May 26, 2020
Gae-emoK8A0
'Riverdale' Star Cole Sprouse on His Quarantine Mustache, 'Animal Crossing' and New Podcast
May 25, 2020
iN2edkR-OYM
Britney Spears & Sam Asghari "Love" Quarantining Together | In The Room | E! News
May 27, 2020
fcnjuvjGzB0
Celebrity Kids Who Are Successful Like Their Parents | E! News
May 27, 2020
wIFZJwQT-7M
Jimmy Fallon Apologizes for "SNL" Blackface Sketch | E! News
May 26, 2020
LIr5ab7EmVs
Ellen DeGeneres Flirts with Portia in Porsche During Quarantine Dinner Run | TMZ
May 27, 2020
2fWlmT9YM5c
Hailey Bieber Attacked By Her And Justin's Cats | TMZ
May 27, 2020
y8ZZ09zILqM
Pigeon Flies Into Tom Holland's Home, He Names It Will Smith | TMZ
May 27, 2020
TaFV_cDk3Nw
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Inter Milan
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Manchester City
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Everton
08
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Madrid
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Genoa
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Tottenham Hotspur
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Sociedad
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Bournemouth
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
01
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Barcelona
01
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
01
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Wolves
01
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
01
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Roma
29
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Watford - Liverpool
29
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Torino
29
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Bournemouth - Chelsea
24
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - West Ham United
23
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Everton
23
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Watford
23
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Lecce
23
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Villarreal
22
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Real Madrid
22
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Fiorentina - AC Milan
22
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Manchester City
22
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Spal - Juventus
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.